It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of May 6, 2017!

First up is Skating Polly. This is their 3rd time (I think) on the countdown. Rodney on the Roq plays them a lot. I think they are often too loud for WTF? on InterFM 897 on Sunday mornings…. But maybe not this particular song! Skating Polly Skating Pollywas formed in Oklahoma in 2009. The band consists of multi-instrumentalists Kelli Mayo  and Peyton Bighorse, who were 9 and 14 years old when the band formed. They are a Riot Grrrrl Indie Pop band. Here’s their Facebook page:

#3) Skating Polly – Louder In Outer Space

At #2 is a pinksideofthemoon…. Legendary producer and engineer Lee Popa and songstress Jolee Popa make up pinksideofthemoon and they hail from Portland, Oregon. Their FB page describes their music as, “Driven by electronic beats and grooving loops pinksideofthemoon mixes live guitars, bass, keyboards and synthesizers and covers them with a smooth coating of silky female vocals with Dub style echo and effects to create the pinksideofthemoon.”

Besides all that, pinksideofthemoon have been getting regular airplay on my weekly radio show, WTF? What the Funday? (Every Sunday 8 am ~ 11 am on InterFM 897) And they will be guests on the show tomorrow, Sunday, May 7, 2017! Here’s their FB page:


#2) pinksideofthemoon “Lost in Space” Remix by John Fryer “Don’t Let the Smile Fool You”

At #1 is a song that just came out yesterday. It’s the Coathangers. These girls are one of my favorite bands over the last year or so and this is at least 5 times that they’ve been on the countdown. They call themselves a “Yes! Wave!” band and they hail from Atlanta, Georgia. Their biography states: “The story goes that four young women decided to start a band for the sole purpose of being able to hang out and play parties. They weren’t going to let the fact that none of them knew how to play any instruments get in the way of their having a good time.”

Ha! I think they are awesome! Here’s their Facebook page:

#1) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Is a band called “The Jungles.” They used to be called, Red Bacteria Vacuum. Or they still are? Who the hell knows? I heard they were now called, “The Jungles” but I can’t find much on a band with that name – duh! And there is no Facebook page for the Jungles (as far as I can see – If you know one, let me know!) But there is a page for Red Bacteria Vaccum! Anyway, the info is sketchy, but their bio says: “Red Bacteria Vacuum (レッドバクテリアバキューム) is an all-girl Japanese punk band from Osaka formed in 1998 consisting of Ikumi, Kassan, and Jasmine. The band relocated to Tokyo in 2000.”

Here’s their Facebook page:


That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers


About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here:… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)




Top 3 Indies Videos 4/30/17! No Girlfriends, pinksideofthemoon, Lisa Mychols, Bo-Peep!

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/23/17! Daphne Guinness, Potty Mouth, Femmepop, Hands Off Gretel!

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/16/17! Warbly Jets, Baby Shakes, Samehada Shiroko & Dynamite, Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors!

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/9/17! Miss Derringer, 222, Glam Skanks, Yanagiya Mutsumi&The Ratbones (Japan)

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/2/17! Lisa Mychols, The Routes, Circe Link, Su Ko D Koi!

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/25/17! The Stephanies, Kolars, Bonsai Kitten, Fazerdaze!

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/18/17! Japanese Bands! The Swamps, Pats Pats, Su Ko D Koi, The Goggles!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 11, 2017! Theee Bat (Japan), Middle Kids, Honeychain!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 4, 2017! Baby Shakes, TsuShiMaMire (Japan), The Coathangers, Hands Off Gretel!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 26, 2017! Neatbeats (Japan), Lemon Twigs, Faz Waltz, Honeychain!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 19, 2017! Sex Organs, LA Velvet, Molice (Japan), Honeyblood!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 12, 2017! The Coathangers, The Regrettes, The Routes & Luby Sparks (Japan),

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 5, 2017! Baby Shakes, Su Ko D Koi (Japan), Bleached, Daphne Guinness!


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